Welcome to the IEEE UK and Ireland Climate Change and Environmental Technology Special Interest Group (ETSIG).
The world is changing and we are facing global environmental challenges, which act beyond borders and have long-lasting negative impacts. A prime example is climate change and the way that it affects our lives. The nature and scale of the environmental issues that we need to address require inter and multidisciplinary approaches and only such initiatives are able to lead to tangible scientific outputs.
Based on its world-class expertise, IEEE could undertake a wide range of activities to contribute to understanding the impact of climate change and development of new environmental technologies. Such initiative relies on IEEE members and the wider community to participate and deliver a number of projects for this purpose. These projects would help the public to find innovative solutions for environmental issues and also ensure that reliable evidence is available to inform policymakers.
Implementing the COP21 (Paris) accord is the last chance to curb current levels of greenhouse gases emissions, otherwise, in only 30 years we will inevitably pass the 2 C threshold. Drastic changes by all countries are required to deviate as much as possible from the current trajectory to mitigate the climate change impacts, which we still don’t know to what extent affect our plant and its ecosystems. In addition to financial support, climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts require innovation, technology transfer, development, and capacity building and IEEE is in a unique position to have a meaningful contribution to. In addition, IEEE could work with other professional institutions on green technologies and develop and resource resilience strategies and share expertise.
As the first step, the ETSIG initiative could start with organising/hosting seminars and inviting guest lecturers that their expertise reflects the importance of IEEE in addressing global environmental challenges. This would pave the way for proposing roadmaps for scientific research, education, and technology development collaboration on climate change mitigation and environmental technologies. We aim to make this initiative a platform for establishing and maintaining a sustained collaboration between IEEE members and other practitioners who are working in the environmental sustainability sector.